Okay, Shari Lynn. You asked for it.
I’m not as skinny as I used to be, ‘cause I like food. But, I do try to stay within my healthy weight range. Which gives me about a good 20 pounds of leeway.
I am far, far from perfect. And, I can eat my weight of eighty pounds more than one-hundred pounds in chocolate.
But, most days, I am generally mindful of what foods enter my mouth. Most days. I do believe that our weight is eighty-percent of our diet. I don’t say that to discount exercise. Exercise is good for the body, mind and soul. I try to get in a decent work-out four days a week. I used to push for six days. Hence, the “I’m not as skinny as I used to be.” Since John Henry started Kindergarten, I’m finding that I have to make myself go to the gym. ‘Cause nothing beats sitting on the sofa in my PJs eating a box of Cheez-its.
Here are a few things I do day-to-day to maintain a healthy-ish weight:
1) I never, EVER skip breakfast. You’ve heard it said a gazillion times. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I believe it. Not only does it get the brain and body functioning efficiently, but it also jump-starts the metabolism. When you skip this necessary meal, you teach your body to store fat. Our bodies are smart. It will store fat and subsequently slow down the metabolism, because it knows it will be a while before it gets more nutrition. This is no problem for me. I wake up starvin’ Marvin. EAT BREAKFAST. Mmkay?
2) I drink water. A lot of it. Not as much as my momma drinks. She is about outlandish with her H2O consumption. But, I usually always choose water, even over diet sodas. And, it’s good for your complexion. Remember, sometimes when you think are hungry, you might just be dehydrated. Drink up. Water, that is. My new favorite water beverage is Smart Water. It’s pricey. But, I love the way the bottle feels in my hand. And, I have this secret hope that it will make me look like Jennifer Aniston.
3) I don’t deny myself foods I love. I just don’t over-indulge. All things in moderation – except chips and queso. No such thing as moderation there.
4) I exercise. You don’t’ have to sweat until you pass out. Just move the body. And, the older we get, the more important strength training becomes. So, they tell me. I do a lot of floor exercises and don’t use a lot of weight. For my upper body, I do push-ups. The real kind. No wimpy girl-stuff here. My lower body presently needs my attention. Suggestions? Please, don’t say squats. Puh-leese don’t.
I have good food choice days and bad. I don’t let guilt consume me for making a poor choice. There is always tomorrow, according to Scarlett O’Hara.
Okay. Your turn. What do you do to stay healthy? Christie Arnold, I’m sure you can add to this one – you healthy, personal trainer you.
Have a good weekend, and go easy on the wings.